The plot is ingenuous and the dialogue uncluttered keeping true to the simple characters. The grit of life on the river and the eccentricities of its occupants provide unending laughter without being obnoxious. The main theme is relationships, exploring the often-humorous way in which these rugged laymen deal with intricacies of family and partner relations.
The full-throated Australian woman is unmistakable in Pearl, strong, self-assured and a tad rough around the edges. Pearl tries unsuccessfully to project sophistication by maxing out her credit card on over-priced mail order shoes completely inappropriate to the coarse landscape. Jack and Pearl’s chemistry embodies a raw, titillating and authentic romantic feel on screen.
Keep an eye on Alex O'Loughlin who plays Jack; he is a remarkably good actor. He was one of the chosen few invited to audition for the role of James Bond, which went to Daniel Craig. And it doesn’t hurt that he’s easy on the eye.
Oyster Farmer highlights life’s little joys and portrays ordinary folks in an endearing and refreshing way while steering away from the cheese-factor synonymous with romantic comedies. This is an all-round good movie that if nothing else, will leave you feeling happy and contented for at least a day. After all, everyone appreciates a love letter now and again.
- Ashlin Simpson
An authentic romantic comedy set in Australia
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